Philip Smith


FILM HISTORY
2019 Two films for Amazon as part of premium documentary event series This is Football. The series explores the emotions, stories, passions and triumphs at the heart of the world’s most loved sport. Launched in August 2019 on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

2017 Richard Wilson: C4/More4
A travelogue with a twist: the renowned actor travels the wildest parts of Scotland in the utmost luxury after recovering from a serious heart attack.

2017
My Beatles Black Album with Charles Hazlewood Sky Arts
A unique take on the solo music of The Beatles. Featured session at the
Sheffield Documentary Festival.

2016 George Michael: Freedom - one of the directors on this feature length film for C4/Sony/Showtime

2016
Talisker Whisky/Diageo series of short films

2015 Development for major series of history films and IMAX documentary

2014 Frankenstein and The Vampyre BBC2
RTS West Award, Best Grading (Blair Wallace)
Drama-documentary retelling the events at the Villa Diodati in Geneva which inspired both Frankenstein and the first modern vampire story. Based on meticulously researched first hand accounts.

2014 Vodafone #Firsts:
Ota's First Rocket
Short films in international campaign (AKQA/Firecracker Films)

2013 Relics: a documentary about the largest ever retrospective of Damien Hirst's work.

2011-13 Jean Nouvel: National Museum of Qatar
Landmark film about an astonishing new building and the Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel.

2012 Executive Producer NMQ Oral History Project

2010-11 Wentworth Woodhouse: The Country House Revealed BBC2
The tale of family intrigue behind one of the largest houses in Europe still in private hands. Presented by Dan Cruickshank.

2010 Blue chip, high production values documentary telling the ancient history of Qatar through its archaeology. Specialist CGI, drama reconstruction. Commissioned for Qatar's 2010 National Day.

2009 The Virtual Revolution BBC2
Opening film in BAFTA and Emmy winning series on the impact of the internet on our lives. Contributions from key players including Bill Gates, Al Gore and Mark Zuckerberg.
Pioneering cross-platform production that was awarded BAFTA New Media and Digital Emmy for online/digital presence.

2009 Prison Songs
Behind the bars of a high security prison in Granada, Spain - self-shot promo.

2009 The Human Journey BBC2
Epic series charting the migration routes taken by our ancestors as they left Africa and spread around the globe. Presented by Alice Roberts.

2008 Ways to Save the Planet Discovery
Visual consultant developing style for series

2008 Young John Paul II: Witness to Evil BBC1
The story of the young Karol Wojtyla's survival amidst the brutality of Nazi rule and of his first steps towards the Vatican. John Sackville plays the young John Paul II.

2007 Building the Future Discovery The latest camera technology and innovative filming techniques capture compelling stories from around the world revealing human efforts to overcome the challenges of climate change.

2006 The Great San Francisco Earthquake C4/NatGeo
The shocking story of how the city of San Francisco was almost wiped from the map in 1906. A tale of scandal set against the backdrop of one of the worst natural disasters America has experienced.

2005 Fooling Hitler ITV1
Jason Durr stars as Lt. Col. David Strangeways in the true story of a team of mavericks brought together to create the greatest deceptions of WW2.

2004 Human Mutants C4/Discovery
Broadcast Awards Nomination
Groundbreaking films revealing how abnormal human development allows us to understand the human body. Presented by Armand Leroi.

2004 Seven Wonders of the Industrial World: The Panama Canal BBC2
Real-life drama exploring the human struggle involved in building the Panama Canal: thousands died and reputations were ruined in the battle to join the oceans.
BAFTA, Royal Television Society, Grierson and Broadcast Awards Nominations for series

2003 Visions of Space BBC2/4
Definitive profile of architect Mies van der Rohe whose buildings changed the face of America.

2002 Superfly BBC2/4
An epic story with a tiny hero: the fruitfly. A century of genetics seen from the perspective of the discipline's favourite experimental animal.
Royal Television Society Award, Vega Award: Special Award

2001 Kimonos for Goalposts ITV1 Frank Skinner travels through Japan and Korea in the build up to the 2002 World Cup Finals.

2000 Beyond The Fatal Shore BBC2/PBS/ABC
Two films in a series revealing Australia's chequered past and complex present. Presented by Robert Hughes.
RTS Picture Enhancement (Aidan Farrell), BAFTA Best Photography Nomination (Jeremy Pollard and others)

1999 This is Modern Art C4
Two films in a series tracing links between contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin, the Chapman Brothers, Richard Prince, Sean Landers, Damien Hirst and past masters.
BAFTA Award Best Arts Series, RTS Award Best Arts Series, Indie Award Best Arts Series

1998 Something of a Different Pace BBC2 Profile of Drum and Bass Pioneers Roni Size and Reprazent
RTS Best Editing (Benjamin Stott)


TRAINING, EDUCATION, OTHER
Drama Directing Short Course National Film and Television School
Single camera directing BBC Television
Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism City University, London. Sponsored by BBC
BA Hons English Literature, Wadham College Oxford University
Alsager Comprehensive School, Cheshire
Self-shooting: Sony FS7, F5 and F55, Canon C300, Black Magic camera, Canon 5D, super 16mm, GoPro, Bolex, super 8mm,
FCPX, Magic Bullet, Adobe Photoshop